Crime & Courts

Crackdown on funeral services cartel: MACC nabs two health officers [NSTTV]

SHAH ALAM: Two assistant health officers were nabbed yesterday in an ongoing crackdown by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against cartel soliciting and accepting bribes for funeral arrangement services.

Both men, aged 40 and 42, were arrested at the Selangor MACC headquarters at 4.45pm on Thursday, where they were called to have their statements recorded.

It is learnt that the suspects, attached with a hospital in the state, had allegedly solicited and accepted RM300 in kick-backs for each funeral arrangement.

It is also learnt the suspects raked in a total of RM15,000 kick-backs each between 2018 and 2021.

Both suspects have been remanded for five days to assist in a probe into their case, which is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009.

The remand order until May 31 was issued by Magistrate Nur Faizah Abdul Sani when the suspects were produced at the Magistrate's Court here today.

It was previously reported that five employees from another hospital in the state were arrested by the MACC in October last year, on suspicion of soliciting and accepting bribes from agents over for funeral services.

Bernama quoted a source from MACC who said that these activities were believed to have been carried out from 2019 to 2021 with bribes totalling more than RM20,000.

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